How to identify spam

Rusolinda By Rusolinda, 21st Dec 2009 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A guide on how to identify and tackle spam. Don't get fooled. Use a little bit of common sense and play safe on the internet.

See if things make complete sense.

If an unknown email comes to you, ask yourself, " Why was it sent to ME?". For example, you get an email telling you that you have earned a share of your distant uncle's property and you just need to fill in some personal information, find out whether you actually have a 'distant uncle'.
I recently got an instant message from a close friend which said that my mail server had exceeded the maximum number of email accounts possible, thus , email accounts were being deleted and if I wanted to keep my account, I had to forward this message to everyone else I knew. The message said that it was from one of the officials of the server.This was a simple attempt of planting a virus in my computer and everyone else I knew. Try to figure out the possibilities of things before giving in to what the message says.
Some emails claim to have been written in the 1800s and have since been forwarded! This statement itself proves it to be a spam!

Things are not always the way they seem

You may receive a mail from your close friend or relative saying that they are in a foriegn country, have lost their passport and don't have money. They ask you to send them a certain sum of money to get back. Don't give in to such mails just because they are from an email address in your contacts. Contact the person through telephone or any other means. Most probably, their account has been hacked.

Don't let emotions overpower your brain

I got a forward from my friend which was by a girl who said that she had lost her father in the terrorist attack on the world trade center and her mother was in coma and that every time the mail was forwarded, a certain some of money will be used by the red cross to treat her mother. Another attempt at planting viruses by attracting human emotions.

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Cyber Crime, Hack, Safe Browsing, Spam

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jan 2011 (#)

Good common sense article. It happens way too much, I tell ya.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Rusolinda
15th Feb 2011 (#)

You're welcome. :)

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